James White

(1821-1881). Co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He was born in Palmyra, Maine, Aug. 4, 1821, in a family of pioneer New England stock. He reported in his Life Incidents (page 9) that his father was descended from one of the Pilgrims who came on the ship Mayflower and landed on Plymouth Rock in December 1620. Genealogical records published in 1900 trace James’s ancestry to the family of John White, of Salem, known to be in New England in 1638. James’s mother was a granddaughter of Dr. Samuel Shepard, an eminent Baptist minister of New England. James, the fifth of nine children, suffered as a boy from physical debility, especially weakness of eyesight, which prevented him from attending school until he was 19. He then entered the academy at nearby St. Albans, Ma...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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